"I'm more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal"
I'm definitely a t-shirt and jeans kind of gal, but there are only so many t-shirts you can hold on to. I recently decided to go through my t-shirts to dwindle the mile-high pile of t-shirts accumulating in my closet. You'd think it would be pretty easy if you just ask yourself these questions about each shirt:
1. When did I wear it last?
2. Are there holes or stains?
3. Does it fit?
I didn't find it that easy because even if I haven't worn that t-shirt for 2 years it still provided a memory of a camp, team, or event I took part in. So when Brassy Apple informed me of her summer craft series and saw the first challenge I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do something with at least one t-shirt! I've always loved the idea of the t-shirt quilts, but the amount of time I had and my novice sewing skills just didn't seem like the right match. So instead, I took a University of Virginia Athletics T-shirt to make my son a pillow. The key was that his favorite basketball player signed the shirt on the back top, so I couldn't leave that part out :). So instead of making a normal square or rectangle pillow, I went with a 'real' t-shirt pillow...arms and everything!
Here's what you need to gather up:
2. Sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins
3. Pillow Stuffing
To get started:
1. Turn your t-shirt inside out. Place the pins as needed to get you started on the bottom of the shirt. I folded the bottom of my t-shirt up so that it wouldn't be too long.
2. Start sewing. :) Straight stitch along the bottom.
3. Turn the shirt right-side out. You'll now have the bottom of the shirt sewn together with no stitches showing.
4. Sew each arm sleeve shut with a straight stitch along the seams of the shirt.
5. Stuff that shirt full of pillow stuffing. Then place pins along the neck line. Sew a straight stitch along with current seams of the neckline.
6. Voila! All done.
7. Give to your Lil Man and let him enjoy!
I'm always excited when Lil Man is truly ecstatic about one of my projects for him. He loves this pillow and immediately put it to use. And I must say, that this pillow might get used by me when the hubby is out of town. I gave it a nice hug and it was almost like I was getting a hug back. Not quite as good as the real thing, but definitely better than an empty bed.
You can go to Brassy Apple on Wednesday, June 3rd to check out all the other ideas from the T-Shirt Challenge. I can't wait to see what people come up with!
Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!